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Barrera TKOs Parker in 5

Sullivan Barrera gets back on track with a stoppage win on Saturday night.

Photo: Ray Bailey/Main Events

In the main event of Main Events Boxing’s Rising Stars Series at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, former light-heavyweight title challenger Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) halted Paul Parker (8-2, 4 KOs) in five rounds.

The fight was somewhat competitive in the early rounds as both fighters were trying to find their groove. Barrera began pushing the pace in the fourth round and started clocking Parker with hard combinations. Parker went down during the round from an accidental head butt and was given a full five-minute break to recover.

The action picked up again in the fifth with both men exchanging hard combinations. Barrera then rocked Parker with a solid straight right hand and dropped him seconds later. A second clash of heads dazed Barrera as he was attempting to finish Parker off, causing another halt in the action. Once the action resumed, a short left hook put Parker down for a second time. Parker got up but was being rocked with more heavy blows that prompted referee Harvey Dock to jump in and wave it off.

Barrera is hoping to get a second crack at a world title, or a possible clash with Joe Smith Jr. in his next bout.

In the co-featured fight, middleweight Vaughn Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs), who is the brother of former world champion Devon Alexander, dominated and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Andres Calixto Rey (14-4, 9 KOs). Scores were 99-90, 99-90 and 100-89.

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